The two Black-crowned Night-heron nests I spotted at the beginning of May apparently failed as they disappeared shortly thereafter. There must have been at least one other nest in that little island as I almost literally bumped into this juvenile on Thursday standing on the nearby boardwalk.
He practiced rousing…
… and showed me his beautiful wings.
A little unsure of himself, he hopped along before taking off back to the island.
Further down the path I had a view of him perched on a dead branch hanging over the water.
Usually I say stick gathering with images of a heron working on nest material. This Yellow-crowned Night-heron was only interested in small twigs, and despite all his efforts I never saw him take anything to the nest.
Ah, maybe this is the one!
No, he dropped that one and poked around for another option.
You can hardly see the twig sticking out of his beak, and after a minute he dropped that one, too.
The adults not doing nest duty often perch in the trees that line the pond.
This one selected a spot right over the walking trail. I don’t know which nest he’s associated with.
Both nests I’ve spotted are tucked into vegetation and you can just see a glimpse of an adult laying on the nest. Incubation period is just over three weeks so we should be seeing some chick movement soon.